Baptist Health-Fort Smith Welcomes General Surgeon Camille Richards

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Camille Y. Richards, MD, recently joined Baptist Health Surgical Clinic-Dodson Avenue.

As a general and trauma surgeon, Dr. Richards will perform procedures at Baptist Health-Fort Smith including hernia repair, chemotherapy port placement and removal, diagnostic laparoscopy and exploratory laparotomy and breast surgery.

Dr. Richards earned her medical degree with honors at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. While pursuing her education, Dr. Richards earned an award for technical excellence in hernia repair. She later completed post-graduate training at SUNY Update Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Richards most recently worked at for Mohawk Valley Health Systems’ Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, New York.

Growing up with a nurse as a mother and a mechanic as a father, Dr. Richards developed a passion for science and being hands-on.

“I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to help people feel better and live better,” Dr. Richards said. “My parents had very different jobs, but both inspired me to take a hands-on approach to problem solving and to always put people first.”

Baptist Health Surgical Clinic-Dodson Avenue is located at 1500 Dodson Ave., Suite 285. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (479) 709-7080.

Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community and over 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The system additionally offers a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. Baptist Health, as the largest not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, provides care to patients wherever they are through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.